Amazon Announces 'Lord of the Rings' Series for Prime Video

Posted Mon Nov 13, 2017 at 11:50 AM PST by
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Amazon is set to take viewers back to Middle Earth.

Amazon has acquired the global television rights to J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. As part of the deal, Amazon Studios has made a multi-season commitment to produce the streaming series along with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment.

"The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen," said Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios. "We are honored to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth."

Though full details have not been revealed yet, the upcoming Amazon Original Series will be set in Middle Earth and will explore new storylines that take place before J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring. Likewise, the deal also includes the potential for additional spin-off shows.

"We are delighted that Amazon, with its longstanding commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for The Lord of the Rings," said Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins. "Sharon and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings."

A release date for the new Lord of the Rings series has not been announced, but the show will debut exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. A current Amazon Prime subscription costs $99 per year or $11 per month. Likewise, Prime Instant Video is available as a standalone service for $9 per month.

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